The Gender Thing

I'm hoping that this is the year we can all start having an honest conversation about toys, gender identity and socialization. It's certainly a topic that can get people all worked up, but is it real? I don't think...

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Giving and Receiving on Christmas

With Christmas less than a week away, many of us are very concerned about giving as we race around to try to finish our shopping for everyone on our lists. (I know I'm nowhere near finished, and this may...

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Storytime: Navigating the (Apparent) Minefield

Sometimes you just have to laugh. I wonder if there isn't anything in the media or entertainment world these days that can't provoke adult outrage from someone seeking—and too often getting—publicity.  And it all usually comes from one very...

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Chocolate Zombie Bunny

I would love to find this Chocolate Zombie Bunny in my Easter basket! This hysterically delicious confection started out as an April Fool's day joke but is now a legitimate 8-ounce, white chocolate treat. It's available at ThinkGeek.com for $15,...

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The Gift Card Conundrum

Stores love gift cards, and according to a recent New York Times article, they’re pulling out all the stops to get you to buy them. With fees, restricted spending and the ability to get your money in advance, why...

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Present Tense: Birthday Gifts Without The Stress

For something that’s supposed to be fun—a birthday party—lots of people can get pretty bent out of shape about them, especially when it comes to presents. If you’re the guest, questions as to what to spend or whether a...

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Make Sure “Happy Birthday” is Happy for All

I don't know whether it's good, bad or just plain scary that my wife and I have thrown almost 50 birthday parties over the years for our kids. While you want to create memories that can last a lifetime,...

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The Toy Guy on MamaCheaps!

Chris Byrne, the Toy Guy Here's an excerpt from Chris's post, titled "Only Got A Sawbuck? Go Shopping! Great Gift Ideas For $10 and Under": "Okay, the $10 bill probably hasn’t been called a “sawbuck” for a long time, but that’s...

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The Toy Guy on Seattle Mom On The Go

TimeToPlay's own, Chris Byrne, aka the Toy Guy, wrote a guest blog post on Seattle Mom On The Go, a blog about being a "green" mom in Seattle. Here's an excerpt from Chris's post, titled "Green Toys For Eco-Conscious Families" "Green...

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What to do if the hot toy is unavailable?

By Jim Silver When a child makes out their holiday wish list, there are often one or two toys at the top that are the ones they "gotta get". Often a parent hopes to wait for this item to go...

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